Tuesday, September 24, 2013

HH REVIEW - The Widows Redeemer by Philippa Jane Keyworth

Title: The Widows Redeemer
Author: Philippa Jane Keyworth

Publisher: Madison Street Publishing (1 Dec 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983671931
ISBN-13: 978-0983671930

This book has all the elements of a classic romance, however failed to really grab my undivided attention. The beginning was somewhat slow and predictable, eventually leading to where the story really begins - after the death of Letty Burton's husband.

Though generally well written, the constant 'head-hopping' was most distracting, as this took away much of the impact of what a character was thinking or feeling.

The attention to detail was of high standard, though felt at times a bit overdone and unnecessary as it detracted from the story and tended to slow down the pace. The constant use of letters to convey story subplots was also a distraction, and there where many instances where I felt what should have been a romance story between a hero and a heroine took a backseat to everything else going on around in Letty's life.

There were sections of good dialogue and many of the secondary characters were quite amusing in their own right. I feel the book could have benefited from less omniscient narration and passive voice in order to really get me under the skin of the characters. As it stands, I believe The Widows Redeemer is a wonderful history lesson of the period with romantic elements.

 Viscountess Castlereagh


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